19
Jul
08

My funky night, July 18 Lettuce/Trombone Shorty

Well, Lettuce was great!

Here’s a little blurb about them…

Lettuce
Lettuce, the seven-person all-star collective originally formed in 1992, returns to the funk jazz forefront with its third album, RAGE!, a hyper-charged outing of tunes that are equal parts artsy and party. The CD is a tantalizing tribute to funk music — paying homage to all stripes of funksters, including James Brown, Sly Stone, Herbie Hancock, Tower of Power, the Meters, Earth Wind & Fire, Parliament Funkadelics, J Dilla—music that reflects “our way of life,” says bassist Erick “E.D.” Coomes, who is joined in the groove onslaught by his co-ragers: keyboardist Neal Evans, saxophonists Sam Kininger and Ryan Zoidis, guitarists Eric Krasno and Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, and drummer Adam Deitch.

Really, really good music. I saw somebody taping up near the stage, so I hope we can download the show someplace soon. I don’t even know what else to say except this was really, really great music. Funky fantastic jams. I’m thinking about going again tonight. Not sure that will be possible though.

I have two of their albums, Live In Tokyo , and Rage! and love them both.

Blast Off (Rage!)

Flu The Coop (Live in Tokyo)

In other news, Trombone Shorty didn’t really bring it last night. He was alright, though. Maybe it was my expectations. I was hoping for more than we got at Stern Grove. I don’t know.

Also, New Rule: I will not try to tape at small bars or clubs anymore, until I am taping in the open and can raise my mics above the crowd (might never happen). There is no point to trying to do it any other way. Plus, I don’t enjoy the show as much when I’m trying to tape in those kinds of places because I get frustrated by the crowd. When that happens my priorities are out of wack. So forget it. I’ll just save myself the stress of things I can’t control and just have fun at the show. “BE THERE” is my new motto. (Actually that’s my old motto. I’m just bringing it back.)

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1 Response to “My funky night, July 18 Lettuce/Trombone Shorty”


  1. 1 Linda T
    August 11, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Man, I just saw these guys in Newport last weekend. They were appearing with Fred Wesley, the legendary trombonist who played with James Brown among others. I can’t even find the words to describe how good they were, except to say that I found myself jumping up and down dancing wildly without even realizing it (thank god everyone else was doing the same thing). “Funk” doesn’t even begin to describe them!

    I bought a copy of “Rage” while I was there and am already wearing the virtual grooves off of it. These guys are incredible!


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